Trying to get hired can suck. A lot. In fact, the average job seeker blasts out nearly 150 applications and resumes.
We don’t think it’s because people don’t have skills. We think it’s because people don’t have great tools to show off their skills.
That’s the idea behind a skills profile. Ditch the boring 12-point Times New Roman font and stale bullets of job titles. A skills profile makes your skills jump out by displaying your skills and abilities in action.
In today’s world, showing people what you can do beats telling them. A skills profile gives you the tool to do just that.
Because your resume is boring.
Sorry, but it’s true. The good news is, you are not boring! You have skills and traits already valued in the marketplace right now. The key is to show it in a way that’s hard to ignore.
That’s what a good profile will do. Don’t ask people to trust some bullet points; show them what you’ve got with real proof.
Time to be your own credential!
Nope. You will get you hired.
The profile is a tool to enhance who you are. Kinda like a digital Iron Man suit. But you’ve still gotta do some work!
You can’t fake a good profile. That’s the point. Anyone can stuff a resume with fluffy bullets. It takes a bit more effort to build a body of work that shows your skill and create tailored projects and pitches for companies you want to work with.
And that bit of extra effort pays off. You’ll stand out from the stack of resumes and have a professional brand you can take with you anywhere.
“Why should I hire you?” is maybe one of our all-time favorite interview questions. It puts someone on the spot to sell themselves, to convince the interviewer not only why they’ve got what it takes to do the job, but also why they’re a better choice than anyone else.
Featured work gives you a way to proactively knock that question out of the park by showcasing the coolest projects or work you’ve done.
If you could show someone one thing you’ve done to convince them you’re worth hiring for a specific role, what would you show them? That’s what featured work is all about.
Work experience is where you showcase your past experiences at a glance. Those experiences may or may not be what you think of when you think of jobs.
We say “experience comes in all flavors.” That’s true. It means experience could look like a job you held at a startup, a retail store, or a fast-food restaurant. Maybe it’s the summer you interned for a friend or did freelance writing. Maybe you taught yourself how to repair bikes or spent a few months growing a Youtube channel. Or maybe you hiked a volcano. Up to you!
Work experience is the place on a profile to highlight what you’ve done and mention how long you did it. That’s it! Remember: you have experience, even if you don’t think of that experience like experience. What matters most is you did it.
A tech stack is a way to prove you know how to use software tools (like Adobe Photoshop, Excel, or MailChimp) with tangible proof (like a photoshopped image, a spreadsheet formula, or a write-up of an email campaign you’ve run).
Crash profiles are all about showing your work. That’s why each item on a tech stack links to something proving you can use that tool.
Don’t overthink it, though. If you don’t know how to use a tool, don’t list it. It’s okay if your tech stack doesn’t include Salesforce or even Google Docs. Be honest about the tools you know how to use, and use the fact that you don’t know how to use others as a way to go out and learn them so you can come back and beef up your profile.
It’s you, telling your story, in just a few minutes.
Just like an elevator pitch, where you’re given only a few seconds to tell what makes you interesting, a pitch video wraps your story and your skills and the reason you’re worth interviewing into a beautiful package that showcases your personality and character.
A pitch video stands out to employers. It’s also one of the very first things they’ll see on your profile: you. You’re no longer a name on a profile. You’re real, human. The connection is already stronger. And you’re able to explain–before they’ve even contacted you–why you’re going to be an immensely-valuable addition to any team.
They’ll never get to see your face or your energy on a resume. With a pitch video on your profile, you’re gaining a huge advantage: the ability to finally connect with the person on the other side.
It’s you in a few sentences.
Think of it like this: if you’re stuck in an elevator for thirty seconds (unless you’re Buddy the Elf and decide to press all the buttons) with a stranger, and that stranger asks you to tell them what makes you you, what do you say? How do you satisfy their curiosity, leave them intrigued, round yourself out, and share tangible truth about the cool things you’ve done–all in a few sentences? That’s your bio.
A tailored pitch is how you make your job application personal. It’s how you get noticed–because hardly anyone else sends a hiring manager something made specifically for their company.
With a pitch, you can target any company you’d like and any role you’d like to fill at that company. You’ll need to create a quick video to share why you’re excited about their mission, why you’d make a great addition to their team, and you can even show off a project you made specifically for them to prove you’re ready to take on anything once you’re hired.
You’ll be able to share the link to your tailored pitch with the company, and they’ll get to view your pitch and check out your profile afterwards, too.
The goal: win interviews!
Companies are people, too. They want to be wanted, just like you want to be hired. A tailored pitch says, “Hey! I’m in love with your mission, and I want to work for your company. Here’s something cool I made to show why I’d be a great addition to your team.”
What’re you waiting for? Try one out yourself!
This is where you make experience concrete. It’s a tangible, measurable outcome that shows you did something to create value.
An achievement on your profile is insightful–it showcases the results you’ve produced–and real–you’ll link to proof (a blog post, video, the achievement itself) showing you did it.
It’s the fastest way to say, “Here’s value I created. Here’s what makes interviewing me irresistible.” And even better: it reminds employers you could do it again for their company.
Here’s a secret: the bar for getting hired in most entry-level roles is really, really low. Most people blast out generic cover letters and resumes–but not you.
Don’t sweat it if you don’t have a project showing off how you cured cancer or built a space rocket. Really, employers don’t expect perfection.
But what will blow them away is extraordinary effort. Focus on being real, on showing whatever level of skills you have today–and tell a story with those skills. How did you learn what you know? What makes you eager to improve your skills? How can you use what you know to impact their company?
Employers want to know you’re eager and hungry to grow and improve their business. So when you show your skills in your featured work, put your attitude and work ethic on display, too.
Anyone viewing your profile will get an immediate idea of the roles you might be a good fit for.
Choosing two roles you’re interested in and showcasing them on your profile is a great way to say, “I’d love to have a job doing one of these things.” It’s explicit. It doesn’t hide. It also narrows the playing field for you and the hiring manager checking out your profile.
Focusing on specific roles doesn’t mean you’re shut out from ever going toward different interests or are prevented from being offered a job outside the roles you picked. Instead, they’re just a good anchor points that center your profile around specific interests.
If you’re not sure what roles you’re interested in, don’t feel stuck. Just pick the two roles most interesting to you–the two you could see yourself doing with the natural skills and abilities you have.
Then, with the rest of your profile, you can go on to prove why you’d be a great fit for those roles.
You want people to know in the first few seconds what you’re all about. The summary at the top of your profile doesn’t tell the whole story, it’s just a teaser that gives people a reason to learn more.
A notable experience is a quick way to signal that you’ve done some stuff relevant to what you want to do next. It might be a job you’re proud of or any other experience you want people to associate with you right away.
Don’t overthink it! If you don’t have a lot of work history, pick some other cool experience that gives an indication of what you’re all about.
Did you know the average job seeker spends dozens of hours over the course of several months blasting out resumes and applications?
With a Crash profile, not only can you cut out a lot of time, but you can also build something that exponentially improves your chances of getting an employer’s attention.
It only takes a few minutes to get started with a profile. But the rest is up to you.
How much effort you put into your projects and proof is 100% a matter of how well you want to stand out. And how quickly you finish a profile is a measure of how urgently you want to get hired.
If you’re really serious about it, you can knock it all out in a few hours. What’re you waiting for?
Because you’re awesome and people want to work with you!
You are free to keep your profile private, but we recommend not being afraid of putting it out there so people who see it and say, “Wow, this person rocks!” can connect for great opportunities!
Don’t be shy. If you get a bunch of emails from people who want to work with you, it means you’re doing something right!
A better question is, “Why not?” If you’re working on something cool, why would you not want to share it with the world?
The best way to signal to employers and the world that you’re someone who’s willing to go the extra mile and will grow with their organization is by demonstrating your willingness to learn. There’s no better way to do that than by showing your work–publicly.
A published profile helps you do that. Plus, if you’re on the job market and want to stand out, you’ll need to publish your profile so potential employers can see it.
Don’t worry–you don’t have to publish it before it’s complete. But what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on that next cool job opportunity by hiding behind a resume–put your work on display.
Then go hit publish!
Once your profile is ready to share, click on the “Share” button in the upper right-hand corner of your profile. You’ll see a link you can copy to your clipboard and share with anyone.
You can also edit the text of your sharing link by clicking on “Change Share Link”. We recommend using your full name.
It’s also good to remember that if you change the sharing link after already sharing your profile, the previous link will break, and your profile will no longer be viewable at the previous link. It’s best to check and/or change your hyperlink before sharing your profile.